Leaf it alone

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A land­mark tree in Vic­to­ria Park could yet be spared the axe, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal coun­cil.

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has de­nied a de­ci­sion has been made to chop down the land­mark tree at the cor­ner of Mint Street and Shep­per­ton Road, say­ing it will try to re­tain the giant Chi­nese Banyan.

Sev­eral peo­ple used last week’s an­nual elec­tors’ meet­ing to voice con­cerns for the tree and the coun­cil’s han­dling of the mat­ter with the cou­ple most af­fected, Peter and Co­lette Smith.

The Smiths live in the cor­ner house heav­ily shaded by the coun­cil-owned verge tree and, de­spite be­ing the peo­ple to raise an is­sue about the tree’s in­va­sive root struc­ture, are cam­paign­ing to save it.

Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said tree re­moval was al­ways a last re­sort.

“We want to work with you to see if we can save that tree,” he told Mr Smith at the meet­ing.

“The Town knows it is very im­por­tant to pre­serve large trees like this wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“In some cir­cum­stances, where un­suit­able species are grow­ing in awk­ward places, the cost and risk associated with prop­erty dam­age and the safety of res­i­dents and the pub­lic must also be con­sid­ered.”

An ar­borist re­port com­mis­sioned by the coun­cil rec­om­mended against in­stalling a root bar­rier or sev­er­ing roots be­cause of the risk of cre­at­ing struc­tural in­sta­bil­ity.

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